University of Bath-based swimmers won 12 medals, four of them gold, when the 2019 British Swimming Championships took place over six action-packed days at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.
James Guy, coached by Jol Finck at the British Swimming National Centre Bath, led the medal haul with victory in both the 100m butterfly (51.97) and 200m butterfly (1:56.51) before adding silver in the final event of the week – the 200m freestyle (1:46.34).
That thrilling final, won by Duncan Scott in front of a home crowd, saw MJ Church Ambassador Tom Dean – a Mechanical Engineering student who is supported by a Bill Whiteley Sports Scholarship – finish strongly to take bronze in a lifetime best of 1:46.86 ahead of fellow National Centre Bath colleagues Calum Jarvis (1:47.18) and Cameron Kurle (1:48.18).
It was Dean’s second appearance on the podium following his superb 200m individual medley silver medal in a new age-group record of 1:58.89.
“I’ve been trying to break that mark of 1:59 for a long time now and I’m really happy to finally break it,” he said. “This is obviously one of my target meets, so a PB at a target meet is what it’s all about.”
Rio 2016 Olympic medallist Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, coached by David McNulty, went inside the consideration time for this summer’s World Championships in South Korea as she was a clear victor in the 200m individual medley in 2:10.34.
“Being British Champion is great but I’m thinking about what’s to come in the summer and next year, so this is a stepping stone towards that,” she said. “I can take a lot from this definitely but it’s all about the next 18 months and what I can do bouncing on from this.”
An emotional Jessica Fullalove put two years of injury problems behind her by winning 100m backstroke silver (1:00.84) before claiming her first British title with a superb swim in the 200m final (2:09.74).
“I’m just so over the moon,” she said. “You really don’t understand how much it means to me. The period of time where I’ve had to deal with my injuries has been so hard for me, so I’m just so proud of myself.”
Kieran Bird was a silver-medallist in the 400m freestyle (3:52.21) and Georgia Coates finished third in the 200m freestyle (1:59.40), while there were a brace of bronze medals for Sport & Exercise Science student Tom Derbyshire – supported by a British Swimming Sports Scholarship – in the 800m freestyle (8:03.42) and 1,500m freestyle (15:25.38).
Sports Performance student Luke Turley was fourth in the 800m final (8:09.88) and William Ryley – who studies Chemistry and is part of Mark Skimming’s student swimming group – was fifth in 8:09.98 having placed sixth in the 1,500m (15:40.64). He also won the 200m backstroke transition final in 2:02.72.
Natural Sciences student Jacob Greenow, supported by a Santander Sports Scholarship, reached two individual medley finals during the week, placing sixth in the 400m (4:20.76) and eighth in the 200m (2:03.02).
There was also success for Sport & Exercise Science graduate Anna Hopkin, now based in the United States, as she won 50m freestyle gold (24.99) and 100m freestyle silver (54.02).
Hopkin trained with the student-swimming squad until her graduation last summer and was supported by a Thompson Education Trust Sports Scholarship. Find out more about the University of Bath’s student-swimming programme by visiting www.teambath.com/swimming.
Courtesy of the Team Bath Press Office at Matchtight